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Geographic Information Systems

Access to software, data, and learning materials for geospatial analysis

GIS at NYU Data Services

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is anything that integrates, stores, edits, analyzes, shares, and displays geographic information. GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries, analyze spatial information, edit data in maps, and present the results of all these operations.

Data Services provides services for NYU patrons using a variety of geospatial analysis software packages.

Individual Consultations: The best way to request an individual consultation is via our appointment request form, which will ensure that the appropriate consultant can meet with you at a mutually agreeable time.

E-mail Consultations: You may also send us your questions via email at Most e-mails will be answered within one business day (messages received on Friday may not be answered until Monday).

GIS Consulting Guidelines

Services Provided

  • Our role is to facilitate your geospatial analysis within the realm of our supported software packages (i.e. ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS StoryMaps). We can assist you with issues that you may encounter with respect to data finding (locating geospatial data), preparation (importing, merging, and cleaning data), analysis (geoprocessing), and results (understanding the formatting of the output). We can also help you select the best package for your task, interpret error messages, and locate documentation and further resources.

  • In addition to providing regularly scheduled software-specific tutorials, we can also help instructors by providing classroom presentations to introduce geospatial software.

  • Our role is to assist you with your analysis, rather than to conduct analyses for you. It is the researcher's responsibility to ensure that the research design, analysis, and programming are justified and appropriate for the discipline at hand.

Whom We Can Help

  • Consulting services are limited to current NYU students, faculty, and staff.

Types of Assistance Not Covered by our Service

  • One-on-one GIS/mapping tutoring and general inquiries about methodology and statistical topics

  • Assistance with projects of commercial nature or those involving classified information, non-disclosure agreements, related to or likely to be involved in litigation, etc.


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